Aviation

IAFC: Helicopter Resource Survey

Your assistance is needed     International Association of Fire Chiefs The IAFC is conducting a survey to locate, map, and define the Aerial Helicopter Firefighting Capabilities around the world. This data will be used to help show the capabilities ...

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MAFFS Over Some of California’s Worst Wildfires in 2020

Over 1.5M gallons of retardant dropped     Defense Flash News NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA, UNITED STATES 10.26.2020 Video by Staff Sgt. Edward Siguenza California National Guard Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) were utilized at extreme capabilities during the 2020 ...

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Owl Lands Inside Helicopter Battling California’s Creek Fire

Owl rode along for several water drops     Wildland Firefighter CLOVIS, California – KGPE reported that an owl landed inside a helicopter that was in flight fighting the Creek Fire on Sunday afternoon. The bird flew into the aircraft ...

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Crews Make Progress on Nevada Wildfire

Aircraft assisting in fighting fire near Cold Springs     By SCOTT SONNER Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — An evacuation order remained in place but fire officials said they were making progress Monday against a wildfire north of Reno ...

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Video: CHP Helicopter Rescue at Wildfire

Rescue of four National Guard members     CBS Sacramento Dramatic video released by the California Highway Patrol on Saturday showed a rescue of four injured U.S. National Guard members inside the firelines in Butte County this weekend.  

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“Badgers” Provide Cal Guard Needed Wildfire Support

Wisconsin Black Hawks fighting the Creek Fire and SQF Complex Fire     Defense Flash News FRESNO, CA, UNITED STATES 09.30.2020 Video footage of an element of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (Assault), 147th Aviation Regiment, 64th Troop ...

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USFA: Colorado On-Duty Death

Pilot killed in crash while fighting Idaho wildfire     United States Fire Administration The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/Pilot Ricky Fulton, 58, of Aero S.E.A.T. Incorporated on September 22, 2020. On September 22, ...

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Tanker Pilot Dies in Crash While Fighting Idaho Wildfire

Schill Fire burning near Emmett, Idaho     BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a firefighter died after his single-engine air tanker crashed while he was fighting a small fire in southwestern Idaho Tuesday evening. The Bureau of Land Management ...

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Overrun, Firefighters Deploy Shelters in California Wildfire

14 firefighters overrun and injured     By MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — More than a dozen California firefighters trying to protect a fire station in rugged mountains were overrun by flames ...

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207 Rescued by Helicopter from California Wildfire

Campers trapped in Sierra National Forest     By MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and CHRISTOPHER WEBER SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers in military helicopters airlifted 207 people to safety after an explosive wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area ...

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